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Differential susceptibility to Eucalyptus secondary compounds explains feeding by the common ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

Ford (previously Marsh), Karen; Foley, William; Cowling, Ann; Wallis, Ian

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The effect of two plant secondary metabolites, tannins and formylated phloroglucinol compounds (FPCs), on the intake of Eucalyptus foliage by common ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) was studied. We manipulated the amount of tannin that was free to bind with protein by coating foliage with polyethylene glycol 4000 (PEG) and relied on natural intraspecific variation in FPC concentrations. In contrast to ringtail possums, brushtail possums...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/71981
Source: Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology

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